The winner is the loser who evaluates defeat the best. While much was created into the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final of the gut-wrenching litany of beats of Kilkenny in the build-up in deciders, Galway have experienced their close run occasions.
There was a sense in the aftermath that it believed that a number of the criticism they had obtained over the years for not making it since 2015 into the September bash was brutal and certainly motivated the Tribeswomen.
It was evident from talking to midfield dynamo Aoife Donohue, that the Galway players maintained that they had endured every bit as much shock and they had no intention of enduring .
«There is enormous belief in this group» said Donohue.
«Everyone trusts every other from the group. We have already been there. We’ve lost. There is a few of the women have lost four or even three All-Irelands, we have been defeated in semi-finals.
«We’ve been on the other side of it also and I think it’s about time we have a bit of credit now we have gotten on the internet. What a savage team.»
Another very obvious motivation was stricken colleague Tara Kenny struggling to take her place after having a cruciate knee ligament injury in their final training match, 10 days prior to what would have been the day of her sporting life’s sight.
«We played a panel match last Thursday week. A chunk came between her and Ailish (O’Reilly). Tara simply slipped. Went to get a scan the following day. Cruciate gone,» explained Donohue.
«It obviously had a massive influence on the group but we mentioned we were planning to go out and win for Tara and as Sarah (Dervan) said on the steps (in her victory speech), she was the 16th girl who drove us over the line. I can’t picture how it had been for her to watch on the sideline.
«But that is the strength that is in the panel. Players come in and have an impact. Catherine Finnerty stood up, she’s a lot of energy and legs and she stayed going until the last whistle.»
Dervan was that the captain however there were quite a few Americans out of the last victory in 2013 of Galway which stood to them.
«There’s leaders all over the pitch,» lasted Donohue. «Kilkenny went and got a dent, Niamh Kilkenny comes back the pitch up and then throws the ball across the bar. We had them all over the area.
«We knew we had a good chance coming up. We beat Kilkenny in the League Final, you will find just two things inside Athenry (at the first round of the Championship when Kilkenny prevailed) and we all believed we didn’t perform that afternoon.
«(Manager) Cathal (Murray) said if we had been in the match with 10 minutes to go we’d come from the perfect side and thankfully that has occurred.»
Donohue was a revelation for a midfielder, having won an All-Star within an inside.
«I will play anywhere,» she explained. «I do not care as long as I’m on the group. If this was the spot for me to play with and Galway were likely to win and that I didn’t mind. I’ve played there for your club. However, I’ve already been in and out year. Even in the past couple of minutes I went wing-forward and Ann Marie Starr came on.»
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